Distance: 4.28 mi
Time: 02:00:56 11AM-1PM
Average Speed: 2.1 mph
Max Speed: 12.2 mph (when loping fast!)
Ascent: 392.22 ft
An easy stroll through the Malibu Creek State Park riding through oak woodlands and open meadows. Very easy, well maintained trails, and ending back at the Western Town in Paramount Ranch.
We drove an hour South and parked near the entrance to the Western Town.
I have a history there. When I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles I sometimes did extra work, and some of the Westerns were filmed here. It is on the old Rancho Las Virgenes and used to belong to Paramount Pictures, but when I was doing my bit walk-ons it was rented out by independent film companies as an all purpose movie ranch.
This is a bit of an optical stretch, but check out the silhouette on the top of the mountain directly between Tobe's ears. On the right is her forehead and hair, then following left see her nose, lips, and chin. I'd seen it labeled on the map, but was surprised when Mrs CF told me to look up and there it was.
But speaking of illusion, it was time to wend our way back to the Western Town.
Then, crossing into the town, it was showtime.
And how many arrivals and departures at this little train depot are branded in our psyches, how many times as children did these buildings house our fantasies of the futures we would live.
Did I ever believe I would someday come riding through these dusty streets on my own mule, heroine of my own Western Saga?